Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations on November 18

United States Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations on November 18

November 17, 2017

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens in Harare that two marches are planned for Saturday, November 18, 2017, convening at Freedom Square/Robert Mugabe Square (opposite Rainbow Towers) at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid Harare’s Central Business District.

As the political situation in Zimbabwe remains uncertain, you should remain safely at home or in your accommodations as much as possible.  If you must go out, use caution, stick to routes familiar to you, and travel during daylight hours.  Be prepared for traffic checkpoints.

U.S. citizens should:

·       Remain indoors in a safe location;

·       Avoid demonstrations and all public gatherings;

·       Have extra food, water and medication on hand;

·       Establish a communication plan with your friends and family so they know when to expect to hear from you;

·       Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings and local events, and monitor local news stations for updates;

·       Be vigilant and take steps to enhance your personal security; and

·       Remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.

Harare International Airport remains open, but some flights have been cancelled.  If you must travel, check with your airline before going to the airport.  Due to extra security at the airport, we recommend you arrive even earlier than normal for international flights.

 For further information:

·       See the State Department’s Travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and theZimbabwe Country Specific Information.

·       Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 

·       Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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